Protect high-quality providers from malpractice suits

02/25/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

No magic bullet will address health care costs entirely, economist Richard Thaler writers, but it's worth exploring ideas such as paying for health rather than care and shielding providers from malpractice lawsuits if they demonstrate quality outcomes. As it stands now, he writes, doctors can be held liable if they deviate from normal care, even if standard care isn't the best in a particular situation.

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